In the 1950s there were around 30 million hedgehogs in Britain, but today the number is less than one million. They have virtually disappeared from many parts of London.
The London Wildlife Trust is recording where hedgehogs live in London, so they can build an accurate picture of where their help is most needed. If you have seen a hedgehog at any time and in any part of the London, Please fill in their online form .
You can help hedgehogs by
- creating habitats such as rough grassland, scrub, hedges, shallow ponds, log piles and compost heaps in gardens and community spaces
- cutting a 13x13cm hole in your fences to create ‘hedgehog highways’
- building a hedgehog home using a waterproof box and organic material, where they can hibernate in winter
- letting your garden grow wild to encourage slugs and beetles and other tasty insects
- setting up a feeding station offering meaty pet food and water
- removing litter, which harms all kinds of wildlife
- keeping domestic drains covered, as hedgehogs can fall into them and get stuck;
- checking bonfire before lighting them, ideally building them on the same day they are lit
- keeping your green areas green by avoiding paving, decking, and artificial lawns
- becoming a member of London Wildlife Trust.
If you have found an injured hedgehog, or are concerned about a hedgehog which is out during the daytime, please contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801.